San Diego-Based USS Cowpens Starts ‘Snack Drive’ for Children Affected by Typhoon Haiyan

The San Diego-based USS Cowpens is in the Philippines as part of Operation Damayan, the U.S. military's humanitarian mission to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

Cowpens Public Affairs reports the “Scorpions” of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 49, Detachment 6, have started a collection of snack foods as a morale booster for the Filipino children suffering in the wake of the typhoon.

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Palomar College Renovated Escondido Campus Unveiled Friday

Palomar College officials will unveil Friday the school's newly renovated Escondido campus.

The $10 million renovation took about one year and includes a new front entrance, a quad, more natural light, walkways with arches and re-texturing of the building plaster.

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Starbucks to Hire 10,000 Veterans and Military Spouses

Starbucks wants the country’s defenders to return from the front lines on its payroll, pledging to hire 10,000 veterans and military spouses in the next five years.

In an initiative organized in part by Starbucks board member and former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the Seattle coffee giant said it hopes to tap the unique communication, leadership and problem-solving skills developed by veterans and their families.

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New Park Coming to San Marcos!

Crews broke ground early Tuesday on $3.9 million Connors Park, a 4.7-acre recreation area in San Marcos that will feature a synthetic turf field and lighted tennis and basketball courts.

Near the center of the city and next to San Marcos Elementary, Connors Park will also include shaded picnic areas, a tot lot, restrooms and a concession stand.

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